Fri 2/28 @ 7:30PM
Sat 2/29 @ 5:30PM
Professional vocal group Quire Cleveland calls itself an early music ensemble which is deceptive: It performs music across nearly a millennium, from the middle ages through today.
To mark the season of Lent leading up to Easter, the ensemble is performing two settings of The Lamentations of Jeremiah by 16th-century Renaissance composers Thomas Tallis and Robert White. The pieces are typically performed during Tenebrae, the three days of morning preceding Easter Sunday. Quire Cleveland is offering them up to “provide awareness of the trials and tribulations that plague our modern world and of those who immigrated to the Cleveland area over a century ago.”
“With these concerts, we pay homage to the history, faith and culture of the two immigrant parish communities in which the concerts will take place,” they tell us. “Quire is collaborating with the two parishes to produce the concerts, and the program will also include selections that honor the musical heritage of each of the two (Slovenian and Polish) congregations.”
The congregations are St. John Cantius in Tremont, where they’ll perform on Fri 2/28, and St. Vitus Church, just south of Superior at E. 60th, where they’ll perform Sat 2/29.
The concerts are free and no reservations are required. A freewill offering will be taken with a suggested donation of $25. There will be a reception hosted by the parish after each concert.